Sufjan StevensIllinois

Label:Asthmatic Kitty Records – AKR 014, Sounds Familyre – AKR 014
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Balloon Sticker Over Superman
Genre:Rock, Pop, Stage & Screen
Style:Folk Rock, Indie Pop, Theme


A1Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
A2The Black Hawk War, Or, How To Demolish An Entire Civilization And Still Feel Good About Yourself In The Morning, Or, We Apologize For The Inconvenience But You're Going To Have To Leave Now, Or, "I Have Fought The Big Knives And Will Continue To Fight Them Until They Are Off Our Lands!"
Vocals [Hoots And Hollers]The Illinoisemaker Choir
Come On! Feel The Illinoise!
A3.1Part I: The World's Columbian Exposition
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
A3.2Part II: Carl Sandburg Visits Me In A Dream
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
A4John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
Backing VocalsShara Worden
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns
A6A Short Reprise For Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But For Very Good Reasons
B7Decatur, Or, Round Of Applause For Your Step Mother!
Backing VocalsMatt Morgan
Backing Vocals, Handclaps [Clap]Daniel Smith, Elin Smith*
Handclaps, Vocals [Hoots And Hollers]The Illinoisemaker Choir
B8One Last "Whoo-Hoo!" For The Pullman!!
B9Go! Chicago! Go! Yeah!
Vocals [Hoots And Hollers]The Illinoisemaker Choir
B10Casimir Pulaski Day
Backing VocalsShara Worden
B11To The Workers Of The Rock River Valley Region, I Have An Idea Concerning Your Predicament, And It Involves Tube Socks, A Paper Airplane, And Twenty-Two Able-Bodied Men.
C12The Man Of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
Vocals [Hoots And Hollers]The Illinoisemaker Choir
C13Prairie Fire That Wanders About
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
C14A Conjunction Of Drones Simulating The Way In Which Sufjan Stevens Has An Existential Crisis In The Great Godfrey Maze
C15The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
C16They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ahhhh!
Vocals [Hoots And Hollers]The Illinoisemaker Choir
Vocals [Sings]Craig Montoro
C17Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All The Way Out In Bloomington-Normal
C18In This Temple As In The Hearts Of Man For Whom He Saved The Earth
D19The Seer's Tower
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
The Tallest Man, The Broadest Shoulders
D20.1Part I: The Great Frontier
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
Vocals [Hoots And Hollers]The Illinoisemaker Choir
D20.2Part II: Come To Me Only With Playthings Now
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden
D21Riffs And Variations On A Single Note For Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, And The King Of Swing, To Name A Few
D22Out Of Egypt, Into The Great Laugh Of Mankind, And I Shake The Dirt From My Sandals As I Run
D23The Avalanche
Backing VocalsKatrina Kerns, Shara Worden

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Tracks are numbered consecutively regardless of sides (as they appear on the release)
Full-length titles from back cover are used
Abbreviated titles are given on the vinyl labels and the insert
D23 is a vinyl bonus track

©℗ 2005 Asthmatic Kitty Records
© 2005 New Jerusalem Music / ASCAP
Asthmatic Kitty is distributed by arrangement with Sounds Familyre

All songs recorded/engineered/produced by Sufjan Stevens (Fall 2004 - Winter 2005)
James McAlister had a lot to do with the way the drums sound because he set up the microphones
All arrangements (painstakingly composed) by Sufjan Stevens
Mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, Tenafly, NJ
AcousTech Mastering and United Record Pressing credits taken from runouts

• Most of the songs were recorded at The Buddy Project (Astoria, Queens) with gratefulness to Kieran Kelly
• Many of the quiet parts were recorded at Sufjan's apartment in Brooklyn
• The piano was recorded in the dead of night at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
• The string quartet was recorded at Marla's apartment in Washington Heights
• Matt Morgan's vocals were recorded in Red Hook, Brooklyn
• The electric organ was recorded at the New Jerusalem Recreational Room in Clarksboro, NJ
• The vibraphone was recorded at Carroll Music Studios, New York City

Disc 1 - 125g
Disc 2 - 135g
Double gatefold cover (i.e. triple panel)
Includes photo insert with lyrics and credits

• This is the 1st pressing of 5000, which has Superman on the front cover (see photos)
• Due to a copyright infringement, the Superman was hidden with a sticker of 3 colored balloons prior to release
• Although the official album title is "Illinois", the cover art reads "Sufjan Stevens invites you to: Come on feel the ILLINOISE"

All of the phrases etched in the runouts refer to Illinois and are only on this LP version:
• Side 1 - False etymology / loose translation of "Illinois"
• Side 2 - From the Carl Sandburg (b. Galesburg, IL) poem "Chicago"
• Side 3 - Lyrics from Illinois state song
• Side 4 - State slogan of Illinois

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker): 6 56605 89261 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 656605892610
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): AKR 014 LP A "TRIBE OF SUPERIOR MEN" KPG@ATM ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): AKR 014 LP D "LAND OF LINCOLN" KPG@ATM ⓤ
  • Pressing Plant ID (Runouts):
  • Rights Society: ASCAP

Other Versions (5 of 35)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Illinois (CD, Album, Superman Cover)Rough TradeRTRADCD250Europe2005
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Illinois (2×LP, Album)Rough TradeRTRADLP250Europe2005
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Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise (CD, Album)Cycle (2)CYCLE 027Benelux2005
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Sufjan Stevens Invites You To: Come On Feel The Illinoise (CD, Album)Sinnamon RecordsSINCD105Spain2005
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Illinois (CD, Album, Superman Cover)Asthmatic Kitty Records, Sounds FamilyreAKR 014, noneUS2005



  • mitchw's avatar
    FINALLY found this copy in the wild. It’s a great press. Nothing too special as this was just a standard press at the time, but it’s not a bad pressing by any means. My copy was well loved, but still sounds great!
    • BTOUSAFAN's avatar
      Hmm, the Beatles "butcher" lps come to mind. Do I remove the sticker to see Superman or do I leave the sticker on?
      • Chalkers's avatar
        Easily Sufjan's crowning achievement. For me Sufjan Stevens is one of those frustrating kind of artists where I greatly admire his creativity and his work ethic, yet I find his music a mixed bag quality-wise. Even stylistically his music covers a lot of ground - again something I genuinely respect the artist for doing. I love the fact that I don't know what kind of music he'll release next! However, I've still yet to feel that same sense of amazement that I felt upon listening to Illinois back in 2005. To be honest, nothing's come close; Carrie and Lowell being probably my second favourite of his. There's something about this album that just blows me away - some songs 'click' straight away, yet other songs are 'growers' - and to top it off, the complete album is certainly far greater than the sum of it's parts. All of those tiny little interludes really do add to the whole album experience and I feel like a part of something 'big' when I'm listening. For me this is an easy contender for one of the greatest albums of the 00's and should rightly be remembered as one of the best within it's genre (whatever that may be...).
        • zaius72's avatar
          And what about the pressing quality? i need a feedback : )
          • jarsu's avatar
            funny that this issue is not like 100 € already - its has the superman also - you can remove the balloon if you want :)
            • Forbenator's avatar
              So the original pressing was 5,000... but how many actually made it out without the stickers as opposed to with?


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